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Good News for Game Developers: Court Extends Protections for Using Others’ Trademarks in the Advertising of Artistic Works

by Fenwick & West LLP on

In a move that will likely benefit game developers, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit explicitly held that First Amendment protection extends to use of third-party trademarks in the commercial promotion of an...more

Matt Lauer Too? Unlike Cats, VIPs No Longer Have Nine Lives

by Carlton Fields on

Accusers of Harvey Weinstein were catalysts for an important national dialogue on sexual harassment. Weinstein’s company reportedly knew of his behavior and settled multiple harassment claims against the former mogul. By all...more

Fair use is never simple

by Thompson Coburn LLP on

To secure evidence for an anticipated lawsuit against TV host Dr. Phil McGraw, a producer for the show, Leah Rothman, recorded nine seconds of the show’s unaired archive footage onto her cellphone....more

Is 2 seconds of television time too much to be a fair use?

by Thompson Coburn LLP on

In a recent episode of "48 Hours," CBS displayed – for two seconds – a copyrighted photograph taken by Steven Hirsch. He sued for copyright infringement. A federal court in Manhattan denied CBS’s motion to dismiss, finding...more

If you can’t stand the heat, get out of the kitchen – Best Practices from Top Chef

by FordHarrison on

“If you can’t stand the heat, get out of the kitchen!” That’s essentially what a group of Teamsters told Top Chef host personality, Padma Lakshmi, back in June 2014 outside of Steel & Rye restaurant in Milton, Massachusetts....more

Coal Executive Has His Feelings Hurt by Television Comedian John Oliver, Sues for Defamation

by Akin Gump - Excubitor on

In a Sunday, June 18, 2017, segment on John Oliver’s news comedy television show, Last Week Tonight, Oliver predicted that the founder and CEO of the largest privately owned coal company in the United States, the litigious...more

Comic-Con Invades San Diego

by Ladas & Parry LLP on

Thursday, July 20th will mark the start of the 47th annual San Diego Comic-Con International, more commonly known as San Diego Comic-Con or “SDCC”. The convention is a four-day event held every July at the San Diego...more

Of Free Speech and Thick Skin

by Jackson Walker on

It was a memorable 42nd season for Saturday Night Live, bookended by oddly compelling versions of “Hallelujah” by Kate McKinnon’s Hillary Clinton and Alec Baldwin’s Donald Trump. It has not been such a good season for the...more

DarkOverlord Allegedly Hits Netflix and Releases Orange Is The New Black Episodes

We have previously reported about the activities of The DarkOverlord. It is now being reported that a hacker and/or hacking group known as The DarkOverlord announced on Twitter over the weekend that it has absconded with...more

Commercial Division Compels Arbitration of a Contract Claim Based on an Arbitration Clause in a Related Agreement

In Fidilio v. Hoosick Falls Productions, Inc., No. 654066/2016, 2017 BL 107640 (Sup. Ct. Mar. 22, 2017), Justice Eileen Bransten of the New York County Commercial Division granted a motion to compel arbitration of a dispute...more

‘Home Improvement’ decision may provide tools for drafting, managing CAM in commercial leases

by Thompson Coburn LLP on

In California, commercial lease tenants typically pay a portion of the common area maintenance expenses or "CAM." Commercial leases also generally include the right of the tenant to audit the landlord's CAM statement each...more

Social Media Showdown

by Sherman & Howard L.L.C. on

Commentator and writer Tomi Lahren has filed suit in Dallas County, Texas, against Glenn Beck and TheBlaze, Inc. (“TBI”). Judging from the complaint, the issues include the defendants’ continuing exercise of control over a...more

Will and Grace Reunited

by FordHarrison on

Ever since the cast of Will and Grace reunited for a mini episode encouraging all of us to vote in 2016, the internet has been in a frenzy about the possibility of a revival 18 years after the show first aired. In January,...more

SpongeBob Restaurant Found To Infringe Viacom’s Trademark

On January 11, 2017, the Southern District of Texas granted Viacom International Inc. summary judgment on its trademark infringement claim against IJR Capital Investments, LLC’s name for its proposed restaurant, “The Krusty...more

Mary Tyler Moore Taught Us One of the Best Employment Discrimination Lessons

by Shipman & Goodwin LLP on

Mary Roberts’ job interview with Lou Grant is, perhaps one of the most famous job interviews ever. So says Time magazine. Before I go on, though, there are probably more than a few of you who don’t know what I’m...more

Paramount and Star Trek Fan Film Producers Settle

by Weintraub Tobin on

The copyright infringement lawsuit between Star Trek fan film producer, Axanar Productions, and Paramount Pictures came to an end less than two weeks before trial. The settlement was undoubtedly triggered by the court’s...more

Food Fight: America’s Test Kitchen v. Chris Kimball

If, like me, you’re a fan of PBS and its soothing, soft-focus, food-related shows (ahem, Great British Bake-off), you were probably devastated when you heard that longtime host Chris Kimball, was leaving America’s Test...more

Copyright Plaintiffs Keep Trying to Topple Empire. Can Proto-Cookie Succeed Where Others Failed?

Just in time for the Season 3 premiere, let’s take a look back at Empire’s year in IP litigation. Like the fictional Lyon family, which is constantly beset by threats from Feds, old criminal connections, and music...more

Television, Personal Jurisdiction, and Whether Corporate Knowledge Can be Imputed from Internet Drivel

by Reed Smith on

You wouldn’t be the first to notice that some of our posts say more about television programs – and certainly with more gusto – than about the law. We could make the case that pop culture and the law are related, and that...more

The implications of Brexit on the entertainment and media industry

by Reed Smith on

While the United Kingdom will not leave the European Union overnight, it is important to consider what the result of the Brexit referendum means to the entertainment and media industry. What are the challenges? How do we...more

The Pleads Of The Many: 50 Years of Star Trek Lawsuits

This year marks the fiftieth anniversary of the premiere of the original series of Star Trek, which first aired on NBC in September 1966. On July 22, this milestone will be marked in earnest when Paramount Pictures releases...more

Headline news: Policies, procedures essential tools in fight against sexual harassment

by FordHarrison on

Last week, former Fox News Anchor Gretchen Carlson slapped Fox News Chairman and CEO Roger Ailes with a wrongful termination and sexual harassment lawsuit in New Jersey Superior Court. The lawsuit alleges that Ailes made...more

Another Period: Trial by Idiot

by FordHarrison on

The sophomore season of Another Period is now in full swing with last night’s episode having quite a bit of fun with the judiciary.  If you haven’t already caught this gem of a comedy, it is an American period sitcom spoofing...more

(Silicon Valley – Season 3 Finale)

Summarizing the week Jared writes, “Lewis Carroll famously said, ‘Begin at the beginning, go on to the end, and then stop.’ But that is hard advice to follow when one’s head is spinning…” It would have been just as apt if...more

Pied Piper Is Like Empty Tables, and Empty Chairs (Silicon Valley – Episode 27)

“Not much to report this week, dear readers! Everything is perfectly fine.” Or so says Jared. But as Gilfoyle is quick to point out, “That’s a lie.” The problem is that even though the Pied Piper product has incredible...more

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